WaBa Grill Posts Best First Quarter in Brand’s History

Same store sales were up 21.3% in Q1.
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WaBa Grill announces Q1 2021 as the top performing sales quarter in the brand’s 15-year history, with same store sales up 21.3% over Q1 2020. This news comes hot on the heels of the brand announcing 2020 as its best sales year ever.  This strong sales growth was achieved despite dining rooms being closed throughout most of the quarter, a testament to the strength of the WaBa Grill’s carryout and delivery business.

Andrew Kim, President & CEO of WaBa Grill, said “It’s clear that the demand for healthy fast casual is on the rise, and I’m confident we will continue to achieve significant milestones throughout our 15th anniversary year and beyond.”

Rewarding Sales

A variety of factors contributed to the brand’s success including strong digital sales and the continuation of free delivery on any orders placed via the WaBa Rewards App through the end of January 2021, a systemwide promotion that began in March 2020. WaBa Grill also introduced attractive value-added promotions along with a new, and well received, wild-caught salmon recipe just in time for Lent. 

“We have many exciting developments lined up for the rest of 2021 including new menu introductions and continuing to expand the brand throughout California and into new states with the support of both new and existing WaBa Grill franchise partners,” said Mark Finnegan, Chief Marketing & Information Officer at WaBa Grill. “It really has been amazing to see the growth in sales and success that our franchisees have experienced over the past few years, we have so much to celebrate at Waba Grill!”

Along with takeout and curbside pickup, guests may place orders via the WaBa Rewards App for always low-cost delivery along with any of WaBa’s third-party delivery partners, DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats and Postmates.